I do cheerleading! All-star cheerleading. Not that school cheer stuff with pompoms. The definition of a sport is competing agaisnt other teams and having a goal. I'd like to see all you other people who say cheer isn't a sport do the flips (or technical term, tumbling) that we do. I'd like to see you lift up another girl who is your size or bigger and hold her up there and do a full stunt sequence without dropping her. I'd like to see you throw a girl in the air and actually catch her. Its proven that cheer is the most dangerous sport. Can't you just respect our sport because we respect yours.
Competition cheerleading is definitley a sport!! It is actually one of the highest risk injury sports in high school. The stunts these athletes do can get very dangerous. They do high basket tosses, skilled tumbling, and dance moves that can get crazy. Some teams perform stunts that are technically illegal in the cheer world, making it more dangerous.
Cheerleaders must be athletic and do many moves that incorporate acrobatics and dancing. They also compete for awards which require them to work as a team. The athletic ability combined with the teamwork that is required more than qualifies cheerleading to be defined as a sport. If running is a sport, so is cheerleading.
I hate when people sit here and have the nerve to say that cheerleading is not a sport. They don't sit here and put people in the air at about 10 feet and then do a basket toss which is about 25 feet in the air. So yes, cheerleading is a sport. Cheerleading is what is most accounted for, for injuries. I am speaking on experience, I have had my nose broken and the doctor said that it was like a brick going to my nose at 40 mph. I get you you mad because you cant do what cheerleader do, its okay it will always be a sport that boys and girls love so get over it..... ITS A SPORT
Im not sure if all of you watch cheerleading or not but cheerleading is definitely a sport. There are 6 definitions to being a sport:
• It must be a physical activity which involves propelling a mass through space or overcoming the resistance of mass. (We stunt which requires overcoming the resistance of mass)!
• “Contesting” or competing against/with an opponent is required. (Competition..)
• It must be governed by rules that explicitly define the time, space, and purpose of the contest and the conditions under which a winner is declared. (We have a Time limit, mat size, and score sheets… )!
• Acknowledgement that the primary purpose of the competition is a comparison of the relative skills of the participants. (Worlds, NCA, UCA are on ESPN)!
• The physical activity includes the above defined elements (do i need to explain this one)
• The primary purpose is competition verses other teams or individuals within a competition structure comparable to other ‘athletic’ activities.” (We go against hundreds of other teams while other "sports" go against 1 at a time)
We dont just shake our butt and yell to pump up the crowd. We throw ourselves upside down, twist, and land on our feet. Throw other people in the air and hoping we catch them while they twist and switch legs, and make it stable. We have to be perfect. In football you can make one mistake and fix it to win the game. Once we make a mistake we cant fix it or make up for it whatever is done is done....
I did all-star cheer leading for 8 years and it was extremely competitive. Scores are based on difficulty of stunts, jumps and tumbling, and synchronization. It requires a lot of stamina and strength, the best way I can describe doing an all-star routine is sprinting for 2-1/2 minutes straight with a 100 pound girl on your back. Honestly, if you think cheer leading isn't a sport then you don't know what cheer leading is.
My favorite cheerleading book ever (Cheerleading Secrets by Janey Trishon) says cheerleading isn't a sport. But I don't think that's the authors true view, more one supported by political decisions and legal judgments. When you read the book you see that cheerleading is a sport by any logical definition. I'm a cheerleader, so obviously I'm biased in my opinion, but cheerleading is physical (more so than many other so called sports, like golf for example), competitive and it is organized at local and national levels. How can it not be classified as a sport?
Yes, cheerleading is a sport. In much the same way that organized swimming is an event in the Olympics, cheerleading is a sport. It requires synchronization, practice, and athletic ability. While cheering on the team might seem relatively simple, the complicated routines and flips and tosses definitely require serious athleticism. The cheerleading competitions are also very intense and there are some great rivalries between these teams that combine to make cheerleading a legitimate sport.
Cheering isn't just shaking one's booty for fifteen minutes on a stage! It requires tumbling moves, gymnastics training as well as dance moves. It is so different from when I was in school and all that was required was pom-pom shaking and yelling "go team!" My granddaughters are the "fliers" who are thrown up in the air by the boys (& incidentally boys cheer too) and twist and turn in the air before being caught (I HOPE) by the boys. They participate in state, regional and a national competition. If it was officially a sport there would be more supervision, an official trainer and medical supervision--leading to more safety for these young ATHLETES.
Cheerleading. What comes to mind when you hear this word? Is it those annoying girls on the sidelines of football games screaming cheers? Or is it the most popular girls of the school shaking pom poms? In the past, cheerleading has been referred to as a pep club to help bring up school spirit. This is not the case anymore. Cheerleading, unlike many other sports, has changed drastically since it first started out in 1880 and was (originally dominated by men). It now not only is a sport, but it is one of the most physically demanding and dangerous ones as proclaimed by sports critics and doctors.
Cheerleaders wear makeup and get their hair done. I'm pretty sure that if they were actually working out it would get messy (which it dosen't). Most females that cheer do it to be popular. It is a new stereotype now. Mean popular cheerleaders do it just to have a good reputation.
If a cheerleader asked me if I think cheerleading is a sport I would say did you win? How many points did you get? If they could not answer then cheerleading is NOT a sport! Cheerleaders also get their makeup and hair done. Do real athletes do that??? NO!!!!! If you know someone that is a cheerleader copy and paste this and send it to her. Thanks!
Cheerleading is cheering on people who play sports. Yeah, they can do some cool stuff, but sports have a goal, and let me ask you: what is the goal of cheerleading? Answer: there is no goal. Sports have rules. Are there any rules for cheerleading? No! They just encourage a sports team to do better.
While it may take some skill and some effort to kick your legs up in the air, it takes no skill whatsoever to get up on a stage and shake your butt for 5 minutes straight. I believe that yelling, " lets go team," until half-time takes no effort whatsoever. This is exactly what cheerleading is and it is not a sport.
Cheerleading is just sexist, demeaning dancing. Cheerleading should not be considered its own sport since it is really just a lesser from of dance. Cheerleading is dance, end of story. Ugh I still have to fill in all these words. This isn't even a debate, it's so simple. Soo... yeah.
All they do is jump around for 2.5 minutes. Seriously? Is that what qualifies as a sport these days? And just because something is dangerous doesn't qualify it to be a sport. Doing any activity, you have a chance of being hurt. And it's demeaning. Wearing 10lbs of makeup to go compete? Real athletes don't do that. And wearing uniforms that show your stomach? There's no way you can tell me that's not demeaning, because male cheerleaders (which are few anyway) don't wear makeup or uniforms that show their stomachs. Only the girls. So explain that one!
I bet all of the people who voted yes are actual cheerleaders! You are not doing anything to be fit unless you are in a competition. Other than that you just sit on the floor and clap your hands. Except when you are doing the Half-Time show. That is my opinion.
Cheer is so stupid. Not to hate, but there is way better things to do then cheerleading. All you do is shake your butts around and act like immature strippers. It is not fun to watch and it is just a east of time. A lot of you cheerleaders like to compare your sport to gymnastics. Well guess what? Gymnastics got voted the hardest sport I'm the world. I am a gymnast so I know how you cheerleaders are. RUDE. You always act stuck up and you cheerleaders think you are the beats and that everything aid about you. REALITY CHECK! Everything is not about you. And also when you guys say that, "weight lifters lift weights, but we lift people.," sorry but that is the debts thing ever because weight trainers lift like 600+ pounds while it takes two cheerleaders to lift one person that weighs like 100 pounds. Cheerleading is just like a chance to look all 'sexy' information of a crowd. And that definitely is not what a sport is about. So yeah, want some ice with that burn? OOOOOHHHHHH!
And for that matter, so-called 'sports' that don't involve direct competition aren't sports either, nor are those where the result is determined by judges. If you aren't competing directly with other people, you aren't playing a sport - being 'dangerous' or 'difficult' doesn't make it so. Walking up all the way to the top of the Empire State Building with the stairs isn't a sport, even though it is dangerous and difficult.
With no direct competition, and having results not concrete, but instead decided by a 3rd party. It is not considered a sport. There needs to be an option of an offense and defense in sporting, from chess, to tennis, to fishing, to football, there is a direct action I can undertake to win.